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The Yan Can Cookbook Paperback – Dec 1998


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385176066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385176064
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 14.9 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,725,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug 1999
Format: Paperback
Yan can be a little hokey at times, but that's part of the fun. I really enjoyed this book and every recipe I have tried has been excellent. Ingredients and other tidbits are thoroughly explained. As it's one of the older Yan books, I found it enjoyable not to have to wade through a glossy "picture book" cook book so popular today that seem to leave the recipes in as an afterthought.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb 1999
Format: Paperback
Just like his Jerrie Lewis-like show to entertain the audience, this cook book is trying very hard to be funny and wastes lot of pages and spaces in gimmicky blabbings. The ingredients are okay, the mix of all marinading and battering ingredients and portions are not so good and actually not even authentic. Buy since this book is also treating readers like the TV show audience, entertaining and marketing purposes are well served.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Extremely useful 26 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Practically every recipe I've tried from this book has been delicious. I especially like the supplementary information on how to make tofu and growing bean sprouts, which I've not seen covered in other Asian cookbooks. My only criticism is that there is no alphabetical index; it makes it a little hard to look up specific recipes.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Classic Yan 27 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yan can be a little hokey at times, but that's part of the fun. I really enjoyed this book and every recipe I have tried has been excellent. Ingredients and other tidbits are thoroughly explained. As it's one of the older Yan books, I found it enjoyable not to have to wade through a glossy "picture book" cook book so popular today that seem to leave the recipes in as an afterthought.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Just like grandma and mom use to make 17 Jan 2011
By Janet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My grandmother and mother has passed away, so I've searched high and low for authentic Chinese recipes. Granted the recipes may be salty (you can reduce the salt), but many are truly authentic. Just one look at the meat marinades and batter and I knew the dishes were going to taste wonderful. And, they were.

A couple of Martin Yan's cookbooks appear to cater to Americanized tastes or more modern tastes due to the larger audience to cater to. That wasn't what I was looking for because there are too many Chinese cookbooks out there already that covers this area. This one is authentic and I haven't found these wonderful flavors in any other cookbook so far.
Great chef and Highly respected. 19 July 2014
By James Tang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Martin Yang is an excellent cook I have several of his books. Many Americans don't realize how hard he worked his way up the ladder to be a chef. His cook books are wonderful. The problem with many people who start trying to cook Chinese is that they don't realize that Chinese cooking is sophisticated. The techniques to accomplish is cooking does need time and practice. one of the things people fail to realize that life requires several failures before you are successful. Master Yan is a very wise and humble cook. When you actually meet him he is a lot more different compared to the other chefs. Most celebrity chefs are prideful and wouldn't really give you a chance to have a real conversation. I have had a chance to meet him in person and talk to him. If you find that something in the book is difficult to understand you should ask someone experience in Chinese cooking to teach you the correct technique of cooking Chinese.
Old school Yan 19 April 2014
By Dick Wendell - Published on Amazon.com
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Old School Yan. Could use photos but if you have seen Yan cooking you recall his style and do well.
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